August didn’t disappoint with all of it’s typical hot, humid days around here. We even had a couple of thunderstorms roll through. The grass is green, and the garden is still blooming with the last flowers of summer phlox, false sunflowers, day lillies and wildflowers. I am seeing signs of autumn already, though, there are a few orange leaves starting on the early maples and my sedum is starting to make flower heads. The daylight hours feel a little shorter and the calendar says school starts here in about 3 weeks. I am going to work on squeezing a few things into what’s left of my summer but mostly it is a season of rest. It is going to be 90 degrees today. I am not going to overdo any one thing.
I have started the second half of the granny square quilt made with my scraps and I purchased Lori Holt’s Great Granny squared book for the pattern. I am doing the granny square trifecta, as featured in my YouTube video and following the alongs with Fat Quarter Shop, I have crocheted all the grannies from pearle cotton that I am going to make for a doll blanket. I have finished the bookmark cross stitch granny square project. I am feeling really good about where I am at in the Granny Alongs overall. I am just going to keep making the quilt until the top is done. Will it be completed “on time”, nope but that is perfectly ok. I will get it done!
As I get stronger, I am long arming. I have a cute jewel box quilt on the frame now that I am custom quilting. I do a little at a time since it is a tiring process to stand, constantly make decisions and long arm. It is the hardest thing to do right now post covid and I decided I do what I can, when I can just like in life. That’s all we can do!
I have chosen to stay home from a Highland game this weekend due to the high heat and my overall deconditioning. I am enjoying 2 days completely to myself. I decided to embrace my much-loved introvert time to work on things in a very slow, methodical way. A little sewing, a little exercise, a little cleaning, a little resting and most of all a little time to just think about what I want to do this fall as the seasons change. I have been researching quilt coats. I am talking a deeeeep dive into this subject, as I always do. I wouldn’t be cutting up a quilt to make one. I have a stash of orphan blocks and this may be a good project for them. I like Laundry basket quilt’s idea of using a sweatshirt as your base. It would be light weight and the pattern is built in. I have more YouTube videos to watch before I start making one. I also have a bag of patterns and I want to see if there is a jacket or coat that would be suitable, in case there isn’t a sweatshirt lying around for the project.
Disclaimer: I don’t believe in cutting up a vintage quilt to do a Jacket or Coat. I think most quilters have enough scraps and blocks laying around that you could make this easily without sacrificing a vintage or antique quilt for a wearable piece. That said I have made some pretty funky quilts that I would be ok with cutting but I have never been able to do that myself.
The coffee is gone, the sun has risen, and I just heard the old church bell chime 9 am. It is time to get dressed and start the day.
Have a great day, stay cool and be well!
I love that quote! And you are retiring in a year! Fantastic and you will love having the time , I look forward to it in about 5 or 6 years I believe. I am jumping in on the trend and I plan to wear the jacket/coat at home mostly for those cold winter nights. Thanks for commenting!
Great progress on your Granny projects! I like the doll quilt idea! This is the time of year I watch for weather changes too. It will be hot here till November at least but I get encouraged when days get a little shorter and nights cool down. I’m sure you’ve seen Karen at Just Get it Done move along in her quilt coat project too. I have decided to wait a year and see how popular they still are. I just have way too many projects and drum roll please, I will be retiring next November and will have more time. Enjoy your time alone this weekend! A friend just sent me a card that said “sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is as little as possible “. I think I will embrace that today while I plan out the rest of August.